Travel

Everything seems topsy-turvy when in a foreign culture: we’re forced to clearly define and defend our identities, our cultures, our entire national political histories—this section will focus on that journey and the lessons we manage to discern.

Between Kofi Annan and Tinder – Translating Love

Just a few days ago in Los Angeles, I sat across the table from a pretty girl, Jane, talking about dating, loving, music, money...

Surviving Travel With Your Prettier Friend

I have this friend; let’s call her Ana. Ana is composed, thoughtful, quick to laugh and to listen; she’s also smart and accomplished and...

Dreams and Half-Baked Promises

    Distance. Choice. Lessons. Change.  These’ve been stirring in my mind since I left college close to four years ago.  After graduating from the safe,...

Where the Sun Rises

I’ve spent a long time believing that the only good thing in life is pleasure. Because what else is there? Only pain, and there’s...

On Being a College Graduate in a New Country

Growing up, people around me were enamoured with the idea of traveling the world, with a particular emphasis on the glamour, culture, and pastries...

Unforeseen Advantages of Being a Person of Color Abroad

One Friday afternoon in Ethiopia, I went to the overcrowded labyrinthine market with my friend Helen to buy groceries. As I walked up to...

The Summer I Fell in Love with the World

A few years ago I’m not sure that anyone who knew me would have said I had an adventurous spirit; navigating high school as...